My dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is not without reason that today, Friday, the universal Church enjoins all Christians to observe some measure of fasting. In abiding faithfulness to that Tradition on page lix of our Prayer Book we see a simple restatement of the Church’s long standing desire for all her members to engage regularly in the spiritual discipline of fasting:
A TABLE OF FASTS
Ash Wednesday Good Friday
OTHER DAYS OF FASTING, ON WHICH THE CHURCH REQUIRES SUCH
A MEASURE OF ABSTINENCE AS IS MORE ESPECIALLY SUITED TO
EXTRAORDINARY ACTS AND EXERCISES OF DEVOTION
I. The Forty Days of Lent.
II. The Ember Days at the four seasons, being the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the First Sunday in Lent, the Feast of Pentecost, September 14, and December 13.
III. All the Fridays in the year, except Christmas Day, and The Epiphany, or any Friday which may intervene between these Feasts.
DAYS OF SOLEMN SUPPLICATION
The three Rogation Days, being the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Holy Thursday,
or the Ascension of our Lord.
On Fridays, as I am able, it is my intention to share information, thoughts, challenges, and devotions concerning fasting and especially this Friday Fast we all share as the family of God throughout the world. Fasting done well will supply good and necessary things for the strengthening of our lives, our life together, and the accomplishment of God’s mission in the world.
May the blessings and joy of Eastertide abide with us.
With love in Christ,